Backstory and Dreams – New Writer Pitfalls
Use these two story elements with a light touch. Best to avoid them. If you use them at all, wait until you are at least a quarter into your story. Never start with either. They peg you as a novice.
Having a dream sequence and then the protagonist wakes up is just a no. Info dumping how he was abused, fell in love and was hurt, or any other backstory is a no.
Dreams later in the story – if the dream elements reveal character – are just barely OK.
Try to sprinkle backstory information in dialogue. For example a best friend can mention something and the protagonist can have an emotional reaction right then and there without spelling it out in a flashback.
These elements need such a light touch beginning writers should avoid them. Just tell the story.
Like long descriptive passages, dreams and backstory, slow down story progress and jar the reader out of the story.
Writers Who Couldn’t Spell
Famous writers had the same problem. Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austin, and F. Scott Fitzgerald all couldn’t spell.
Storytelling is a talent. Let an editor fix your shortcomings after you write your story.